Rhetorical commitment to European integration must be visible through efficiency of institutions

First five years of Montenegrin negotiations with the European Union (EU) were marked by successful legal activity, but also by lack of political will in implementation of reforms and unwillingness to make the process of European integration more inclusive.

This was the assessment of today’s conference “First five years of Montenegrin negotiations with the EU”, organised by Centre for Civic Education (CCE) in cooperation with German foundation Friedrich Ebert.

Daliborka Uljarević, executive director of CCE, estimated that rhetorical commitment to the European integration must be visible through efficiency of institutions that conduct this process and, as she stated, through establishing constraints in relation to formal and informal decision-makers.

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Appointment of Vlahović for the ambassador undermines the reputation of state of Montenegro

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) assesses that the decision of Government of Montenegro to appoint Sanja Vlahović for the ambassador of Montenegro to Italy indicates the relation of authorities to values it promotes and which are not based either on knowledge or academic honour.

Simultaneously, this indicates how the interest of one party overruled the interest of state. It is in the interest of state of Montenegro to be represented by people who have a set of undisputed qualities in addition to legal and formal requirements, not those who are unworthy of the position. »

Position of young people in Montenegro should be improved

Montenegro, as it approaches membership in European Union (EU), must do a lot more to improve position of young people, estimated Nikola Janović, Minister of Sport, stating that this ministry has great ambitions for that population.

During today’s agora titled “Montenegrin dream of different Europe”, organised by Centre for Civic Education (CCE), he stated that his Ministry has allocated 170 000 EUR for the first time since 2011 through a contest to youth organisations which submitted their projects.

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Media financing system must be regulated

Centre for Civic Education (CCE), in cooperation with Heinrich Böll Stiftung, organised a conference today titled “Equal chances for all media in Montenegro”.

Daliborka Uljarević, CCE Executive director, opened the conference assessing that the situation in media is “characterised with deep polarisation and wide politicisation of media in Montenegro, which is encumbered by poor quality of reporting”.

She reminded that the CCE has been vocal about this issue for already six years, and that its findings continue to arouse the attention of international stakeholders. “However, we regretfully note that public funding of media in Montenegro remains unregulated, uncontrolled and opaque which leaves media in an ufavourable market position, followed by reasonable doubt that this constitutes an attempt of influence on editorial policy, or on the existence of soft censorship”, she added.

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Young people on European standards during tenth European café

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) today organised tenth European café, in cooperation with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), in the great hall of CCE. Within this event, H.E. Veselko Grubišić, ambassador of Republic of Croatia in Montenegro, talked with representatives of high school and student organisations, as well as with youth organisations and youth wings of political parties about European standards and Montenegro – whether conditionality yields the results?.

Daliborka Uljarević, CCE Executive director, assesswed at the opening of tenth European café that aspiring countries to EU membership are in the middle of a long and demanding process of internal transformations of society, which can be seen through the challenges on the path to application of Euroepan standards. “European standards are increasingly becoming a moving target, but that must not be discouraging for all those who seek to join the EU. Montenegro should adopt those standards and apply them primarily for its own benefit, so that it could create the basis for the society of functional rule of law, system of responsibility in every branch of government, inclusiveness with regards to diversity and improvement of quality of citizens’ lives. This would consequently lead to opening of much greater opportunities for young people, which are one great, yet still underestimated, resource of this society”, she pointed out. “In this regard, Croatia’s experience is highly valuable. Its lessons should serve Montenegro as guidelines for successful and easier advancement towards the union of European states”, added Uljarević.

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